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Who donates to revolutionaries? Evidence from post-1916 Ireland

Enda Patrick Hargaden

Explorations in Economic History, 2022, vol. 84, issue C

Abstract: This paper analyzes the determinants of providing financial support to revolutionaries, using a hand-compiled dataset of 17,000 donations to the Irish National Aid Association after the Easter Rising of 1916. Financial support is best predicted by literacy, marital status, religious affiliation, and relatively high socio-economic status. In this sense, donations to revolutionaries share some characteristics of a luxury good. I find evidence that long-run historical grievances (the Great Famine) also predict support.

Keywords: Philanthropy; State formation; Political economy; Irish history (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 H41 N34 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2021.101435

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